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Firefox Market Share Shuffles Forward Again

No rush towards 20 percent

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Firefox hit a new high point last month as it continues to enjoy a rise in popularity.  Although not yet at the nice, round number of 20 percent, the Web browser now has a market share of over 19 percent.

Once various versions are taken into consideration, the total comes to exactly 19.03 percent, according to new data from the Market Share research firm.  Since the same company arrived at 18.41 percent in May, the new figure represents a nice growth spurt.  Firefox can sort of thank Download Day 2008 for that rise.

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However, Market Share points out, "Firefox 3.0 share gains came mostly from users upgrading from Firefox 2.0," so the event may not have drawn many real newcomers.

There’s also the problem of 20 percent to consider.  When May’s statistics were released, Firefox appeared capable of hitting the mark in July.  Since the month including all the Firefox 3.0 hoopla only saw an increase of 0.62 percent, that goal’s looking less achievable.

Firefox hasn’t been pitted against any do-or-die schedules, though, so maybe fans can just enjoy slow ride.

Firefox Market Share Shuffles Forward Again
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  • http://www.e-commercewebdesign.co.uk Adam – E-commerce Website Design

    I expected a higher market share for Firefox than 19% after the successful launch of Firefox 3. Looking at the current market domination for Internet Explorer and Microsoft, it looks like any improvements made by rival brands will be slight at best. 

  • http://www.caricatureking.com Guest

    for a company that does no marketing, the only real growth will come when they team up with manufacturers and get it on as the browser by default.

    The hoopla – what hoopla?

    There was nothing  in the press in Australia, and this is only the second place I have even seen reference to 3.0 being released.